Triangle Restaurant Week June 3-9
Triangle Restaurant Week coming soon: Participating restaurants across the Triangle will offer fixed-price, three-course meals June 3-9 in the upcoming summer edition of Triangle Restaurant Week.
The price per person is $15 for a three-course lunch, and $20 or $30 for a three-course dinner and does not include beverages, tax or gratuity.
For a list of restaurants, including options in Durham, go to the website https://trirestaurantweek.com/location/.
Children’s consignment shop to close: Bien-aimé, a children’s consignment shop that opened at 1000 W. Main St. in Durham in August of last year, is closing. The shop’s last day is planned to be June 29.
Owner Amy Wilczynski said she’s mainly closing for family reasons. She said she’s a mother of two, and her husband’s job has become more demanding. She also said the new shop has not yet reached profitability.
Factors impacting the business include its age, the costs allocated to print advertising that she said weren’t as effective, salary expenses and cost of the downtown location, she said. In addition, she said its low price points and profit margins after paying consignors required the business to sell a large volume of items each day.
“That was difficult as we didn’t have the awareness yet to drive that volume of buyers in,” she said in an email.
But she said she believes it could be very successful with changes in the fixed costs of the business. The store had started to focus on social media advertising and was looking to open an online shopping venue.
She hopes to find a new owner to sell the business to. She said interested parties should contact her at email@example.com.
“Finally, I believe the market for consigned children’s goods is immense,” she said. “Given kids outgrow their clothing so quickly and in this new era of recycling and reuse, it just makes sense to buy on consignment.”
The shop will remain open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday until the last day. Final checks will be issued to consignors July 15. Consignors also have a choice to donate any items that don’t sell or to have them returned. Store-wide sales are slated to start in early June.
Northgate Mall news: Some retailers and other businesses have closed locations at Northgate Mall, but there are new retailers expected to start leasing in July.
The mall’s Nature’s Remedies store, which sold vitamins, skin creams and oils and other products made with natural ingredients, closed in February.
Owner Fredrick Muller said the store had been open at the mall for 11 years. He said he believes the impacts affecting his business were competition from Brier Creek, online competition, as well as competition with The Streets at Southpoint to a lesser degree.
“I think it’s Brier Creek that really hurt Northgate,” he said. “I can’t understand why it just continues to decline. Everybody’s sales there continue to decline, we just got tired of it, and left, to be honest.”
Muller said he’s looking into opening another brick-and-mortar location at another shopping center in Durham. He’s also selling products online.
The mall’s location of the State Employees’ Credit Union near the Food Gallery closed in April, said Allison Savicz, a spokeswoman for the mall.
Savicz said in an email that there are new retailers who are planning to start leasing space in the mall starting in July. Frontier Communications is expected to have a location in the mall near the Food Gallery.
An entertainment center called Ho-B Recreation Center Park is planned to come to the mall. It’s from the same owner as Ho-B Max, which seller of battery-operated, electronic hobby crafts.
Savicz said the new location is planned to be part arcade, part game room. It will have space for model car drift races on a large track. She said it’s slated to open in mid-July.
In addition, Glisten, a women’s accessories store, is moving in where M&K was located before the store expanded.
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